Victoria records zero new coronavirus cases for eighth straight day, despite fears about UK strain

Victoria has recorded no new coronavirus cases for an eighth consecutive day, amid growing fears about returned travellers infected with the highly-contagious UK strain.

No new cases from community transmissions or hotel quarantine were recorded from 16,533 tests conducted on Wednesday. 

Health authorities remain on high alert amid  fears an outbreak of the UK mutant strain at a quarantine hotel in Brisbane may have spread interstate.

Anyone who completed mandatory hotel quarantine at Brisbane’s Grand Chancellor hotel on or after December 30 and have since arrived Victoria is ordered to self-isolate and immediately contact the state’s coronavirus hotline.

They must get tested and quarantine at home until they receive a negative result. 

There are currently 29 active cases across the Victoria.

Meanwhile, the first of  1200 tennis players, support crew and officials are expected to arrive in Melbourne on Thursday for next month’s Australian Open.

More to come

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